Sunday, May 31, 2009

In America, "Impossible is Nothing"~Cadet Col. Adnan Barqawi

As you know I was front and center at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention this weekend. While I went in with limited expectations, I found myself rejuvenated in my fellow citizens and my Party, but nothing inspired me as much as a speech that was given late on Saturday afternoon, by a speaker whose name I had never heard before.

It was at least a thousand degrees in the Coliseum by 3 o'clock, and we were awaiting the results of the first round of voting, we had heard from everyone that had ever held a title in the Commonwealth. People were tired, hot and weary for the wear, but then a young man took the stage and in just 16 minutes he inspired those previously too exhausted to even go buy a $4 water, to leap to their feet and remain standing for most of his speech.

I am proud to say I was one of them, standing, clapping and admittedly crying as Cadet Colonel Adnan Barqawi shared his story of a young Palestinian boy raised in Kuwait, a man without a country, to his journey to Virginia Tech where he became commander of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech then on April 17th of this year, he became an American citizen. A Man without a Country no longer...Cadet Col. Barqawi reminded all those within the sound of his voice.. that in America "Impossible is Nothing".

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Special Thanks to Rick Sincere for sharing his video of this amazing moment....

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sean Hannity at #RPVC09

Sean Hannity entered to his signature tune...Independence Day by Martina McBride..."Let Freedom Ring..."

Bring on the Red meat! He's been talking for two minutes, and has already mentioned the teleprompter and Nancy Pelosi. I don't care what Liberals say, Conservatives are much funnier. Mostly because we are Clever, not mean.

"After five months of Barack Obama, Princess Pelosi and Prince's Time for Change Virginia" I almost spit my coffee out on that one, the crowd clearly appreciated it too...

This capacity crowd is eating up the laundry list of things that Obama has done, that if George W Bush had done...well you know...Scareforce One, the "Austrian language", the ipod filled with get the idea...

Sean is honoring my favorite president, Ronald Reagan pulling from his "Rendevous with Destiny" speech given in 1980. It always amazes me how Reagan's words are timeless, but it's because they are rooted in Conservative Principles which do Not Change with Time.

I think I just heard Hannity take partial credit for Hilary's defeat. I know I just heard him say that Terry "Carpetbagger" Mc was watching every minute of this convention....

Which reminds me, What are Terry Mc's qualifications to be Governor again? I mean I know the Clintons owe him a favor, but really? He did such a bang up job at the DNC, when he was chair they ran John Kerry remember...Nice work. But as I've said it seems he thinks he and part time Gov. Tim Kaine can just switch postions...

I hope and pray that Virginia doesn't allow our Commonwealth to be sold to the Democrats....Time to take a Stand Virginia....

Hannity brings it home...and 10,000 of my closest friends agree...We can be that shining city on a Hill....

And He's out...the crowd is jumping...signs everywhere....dancing and singing..."Let Freedom Ring...Let the whole world see...this is the day of Reckoning.."

Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled....

Bob McDonnell at #RPVC09

Jeanine McDonnell is doing the final Introductions for her Dad, talk about a Daddy's girl, went to Notre Dame on an ROTC scholarship, and was called to serve in Iraq, during her Dad's campaign for Attorney General....She is awesome. Note to Meghan McCain: "This is how it's done." When can we get Jeanine out on the campaign trail?

As Bob McDonnell took the stage, it was as though Elvis himself had 'entered the building'...thousands on their feet, cheering and chanting "Go, Bob Go!", as CCR blared through the can literally feel the excitement....

McDonnell: "I will uphold the highest ideals of the party of Lincoln and Reagan", ah it's music to my ears....

For all those that want to live the American dream, this campaign is for you, this campaign is about you...

Bob McDonnell just hit the heart of this campaign, Energy and Jobs. Get this, he actually has a "Plan", not just some empty promises...including making Virginia the first off shore oil producing state on the East Coast. He wants to create an environment where companies want to relocate to Virginia...Novel idea I know...but after two terms of Mark Warner and his lacky Tim Kaine, Virginians need to be reminded that it can actually happen....

What?! McDonnell is talking about specific plans to improve transportation issues here in the Commonwealth...he even named route numbers and again said he sees the need for a partnership between Public and Private efforts to get it done, forgive me for my shock, but we've been hearing that we need Raise taxes and continue to pay the Car Tax to pay for 'better roads" for 8 years, still have crappy roads and I still have to pay $1.50 in Tolls just to drive into the city....Sounds like Bob knows that Virginians want more from their Governor, than they've been getting....

"Values Matter, Character Counts"~Bob McDonnell

Off the issues into the Principles...McDonnell says he draws from his faith in god, and knows that we can achieve anything if we work together and don't care who gets the Credit.

"We need a leader who will put the people first.." "I will be that Leader"
You know what, Bob? I believe you.

I will tell you, Bob has got this crowd perched waiting to vote for him. He is the Real Deal.

Go! Bob! Go!!

Waiting for the Main event at #RPVC09

Just heard one of the finest renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, I've ever heard. Those boys from UVA can really sing! Warms the heart...everytime.

The stage lighting is amazing, all of my favorite colors: Red, White and Blue.

Bill Bolling, steps out to introduce Bob McDonnell and gets a rock star welcome befitting the stage he is standing say the crowd is fired up would be a huge understatement. Nothing's really even happened yet, and they've exploded in Cheers by my count five times already....

Bolling brings up the point that now is the time for all Republicans to work together...time to put Egos aside and do what is best for Virginia and the Country...

Bolling "We need to give people a reason to Believe in Our Party"....AMEN!!

An old friend of Bob McDonnell's, from Williamsburg, is doing the actual introduction apparently, learning a lot more about the next Governor of VA....makes me like him even more...

Another friend of McDonnell took the stage to let us know that Bob graduated from Notre Dame, where he attended on an ROTC scholarship, he served in the Military for over 20 years....

Now one of his Deputies in the office of AG, has taken the stage to Remind everyone what a great Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been....

Just heard from the father of HT2 Clodfelter, who was killed during the bombing of the USS Cole. He held on tight to his tears as he told of what Bob McDonnell did to honor his Son, as he finished the crowd gave him a heart felt standing ovation, and I must tell you I'm holding back the tears of my own, as the crowd erupted in chants of USA! USA! USA!

More From the RPV Convention #RPVC09

Morning! From the RPV Convention floor, had a few tech issues late yesterday and early this morning so I didn't get to do any updates....

Last night was awesome. As I said yesterday this is my first ever Convention so I didn't really know what to expect, but after the 'Opening ceremonies', there were events held throughout the night, including a gala featuring keynote speaker Mitt Romney.

Later, I traversed the many Hospitality suites with a little group of new friends comprised of Bloggers and first time delegates, and met lots of interesting and surprisingly fun people.

I wish that others could see the GOP that I see, one that is made up of many individuals, not a group that can be defined by any one stereotype. We are clearly a party in transistion, and that is evident from the wide variety of delegates as well as the focus on New Media at the Convention.

Now the folks are filtering in from around the state, there is certainly that cliched 'Buzz' in the air as everyone awaits the Guest speaker Sean Hannity and the voting to follow this afternoon.

There is a definite sense of community here, that I'm happy I was able to witness, as the thousands move into the coliseum, people are still finding time to stop and chat with friends old and new. The Positive energy in the room is palpable.

Bob McDonnell will be giving the opening remarks before Mr. Hannity speaks and to this crowd, it would be a toss up as to which they are Waiting to hear from more....McDonnell is a bit of a Rock star here in Virginia and I for one can't wait until he is our Governor, I have no doubt he'll consider it a full Time job, unlike his predecessor, Tim Kaine.

It's about to begin.....

Friday, May 29, 2009

Blogging at the Republican Party of VA Convention

I have to tell you, I'm a little excited. I've never been to one of these before, but it definitely feels good to be a part of this...the Republican Party of VA Convention.

As I've been saying since the beginning of the year, 2009 is the Year to "Get Involved", we can't afford to wait any longer, and that is what I'm trying to do. I'm also heartened by the fact that over 10,000 other Virginians have choosen to do the same thing. You see last year, just over 3,000 delegates attended the convention, this year the number is 3.5 Times that. I guess my fellow Virginians have decided it's time to get involved too...

What's cool about the room I am currently sitting in, is that it's filled with Men, Women, and even a few kids that are from all ethnic and I'm guessing financial backgrounds. It certainly doesn't look like a 'stereo-typical' Republican gathering. This pleases me greatly.

Just a few minutes ago, the Convention was opened with the presenting of the flag, the singing of the National Anthem followed by the pledge of alligance. I know I'm a big ol' sap, but I still get choked up everytime I hear it. As part of the opening ceremonies, the following Creed was read:

Republican Party of Virginia Creed

We Believe:

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.


Okay, so no one actually said "Amen", but I certainly felt it in my heart. It also pained me a bit, as I wish those that were Representing us in Washington and in Richmond, read that Creed daily and vowed to uphold in Not just in Word, but in Deeds as well...

The RPV has gone out of their way to invite and encourage Bloggers like me to participate in this weekend's events. They've got a great little section set up for us called "Bloggers' Row" and they've got their own Twitter Hash tag #RPVC09 if you'd like to follow tweets from the Convention.

I'll keep you posted....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ObamaCare: Insanity at the Highest Levels of Government

It's an oldie but a goodie. The Nine scariest words in the English Language: "I'm from the Government and I'm Hear to Help". Our dear leader, President Barack Obama just can't seem to stop saying it. Apparently he's never heard the "scariest words in the English language part".

So far he's expanded the Role of Government in the Auto Industry, the Banking industry, the Mortgage industry and Now he's got his sites set on Health Care. The President's socialist, yeah I said it, Socialist agenda will include as Promised: ObamaCare with a price tag of $1.5 Trillion in New spending.

How does Obama plan to pay for all of this? You, silly. Now don't expect him to come right out and Say "You", instead he will discuss those that "Have" needing to help out those who "Have NOT". Let me explain something to you, if you have a Job, you are a "Have" in this scenario. Oh so you don't think you are a "Have" because you're currently struggling to make ends meet yourself, Too Bad. Tell it to Obama. He's got Big plans for YOUR money.

See his Obamacare will be funded through higher taxes on Soda, Booze and oh yeah Health Care. Remember those attack ads Obama ran just prior to the election mischaracterizing John McCain's plan to "Tax your Health Benefits" calling it the "the largest Middle class Tax Hike ever", it seems Obama has decided it wasn't such a bad idea after all, he just prefers a more direct approach. Instead offering the "Tax Credits" suggested by McCain, Obama is going to Tax you directly. Yep, More money coming out of your Paycheck, Can't you just feel the Change?

If you are currently employed and have health insurance, Obama wants to Tax your benefits to help cover those 'less fortunate'. Never mind all that you have to do to earn your Health benefits, you know like going to work and spending time away from your family, these people are Americans therefore, they Deserve Health Care and you are going to Pay for it. Whether you like it or not. Got it?

Rich Lowry explain it this way, in an op-ed in the New York Post:

The casual listener could be forgiven for thinking that Obama's passion is for reducing spending, not raising it, and for working with the private health-care industry cooperatively rather than over regulating it or supplanting it.

The groups' letter lends a superficial plausibility to the argument of backers of Obama-style reform that covering more people is consistent with painlessly cutting costs. The argument goes that, currently, the costs of providing health care to the uninsured are shifted onto everyone else.

Yes, but it's a tiny effect. A study in the journal Health Affairs found that this phenomenon accounted for at most a 1.7 percent increase in insurance premiums. Nor does more preventive care or health information technology -- a couple of Obama's favorite talking points when touting cost reduction -- produce miraculous, or any, savings, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Massachusetts enacted a health-care reform in 2006 that included an individual mandate to buy insurance, exactly on the theory that it would save money by ending cost shifting. Instead, costs have exploded. Public spending on health care has jumped 42 percent since 2006. At risk of becoming the Iceland of health-care reform, the state is scrambling to avoid getting bankrupted by its cost-saving program.

Nationally, the most significant cost-shifting is arguably the product of Medicare, which pays doctors and hospitals preset fees per procedure, and so encourages overuse of resources and prevents the emergence of meaningful prices in health care. The program overpays for some services, underpays for others and spreads gross inefficiency throughout the system. It is also a fiscal basket case, sporting an $86 trillion unfunded liability.

This is why it's so perverse for Obama to suggest the creation of a "Medicare for all" program as salve to our health-care system. This is sold as a "public option" that people can choose only if they want it. As a practical matter, government will stack the deck in favor of its option to the detriment of private insurance. Businesses will be happy to dump their employees into the public system.

Ironically, Obama's state of Birth, Hawaii, has already tried "Universal Health Care" and it lasted all of Seven Months before they pulled the plug... Why was it such an Epic Fail?

Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program."

After just Seven months the State realized something that should have been evident to any rational thinking person from the Start: People don't want to pay for their Health care, while watching their Neighbors get it for "Free". It deincentivizes people who would normally work and pay their own way. Which is why the programs have failed every time they have been tried.

Even supporters of ObamaCare are forced to admit that it's going to Cost a significant amount up front, but insist that it will Work despite all the evidence to the contrary....

“Reforming the system will likely require an upfront investment, but I’m confident it will pay dividends in the future for our health, our economic competitiveness, and our federal budget,” Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said in a statement. “The bottom line is that we can’t afford not to act. Without health care reform, health care spending will reach $4.4 trillion by 2018. These policies lay out a wide variety of options for making that investment.”

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"We can't afford Not to Act"...Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh I remember just before they passed all those Spending Bills they didn't take the time to Read and we all know how that is turning out....

In an article for, Sen. Jim DeMint outlines the Problem with Government entering and taking over a Market:

The most comprehensive and reliable study of the public option, conducted by the Lewin Group, concluded that once the government enters the market, businesses will simply stop covering their employees. Whatever penalty fees they have to pay will be far less than the costs of insuring their employees.

The Lewin study estimated that of the 130 million Americans likely to enroll in the public option, 118 million will do so after losing their employer-sponsored plans. Add those 130 million to the 100 million now covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs, and we will have three-quarters of the American people dependent on the government for their medical care

This isn't complicated stuff folks. As the organization, Conservatives for Patients Rights, points out "Any serious discussion of health care reform that does not include choice, competition, accountability and responsibility — the four "pillars" of patients' rights — will result in our government truly becoming a "nanny-state," making decisions based on what is best for society and government rather than individuals deciding what is best for each of us."

ObamaCare ignores all of those Four 'Pillars' instead, backing the Nanny state alternative. There's another saying that comes to mind "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results", well We know that Government sponsored health care hasn't worked Ever, yet Congress plans to pass it anyway, Talk about Insanity! In fact Speaker of the House, not to be confused with "Liar of the House" a title she also holds, Nancy Pelosi,is hoping to shove this down our throats by the end of July. It seems to me that We The People can't Afford Not To Act, We need to Tell Congress, "Vote NO On ObamaCare" before we are all forced to Endure this "Help" from the Government.

In the immortal words of Susan Powder, America, "Stop the Insanity!" Contact Your Congressional Representatives Now!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

From Cosmo Conservatives to Freedom Republicans, We Need To Represent.

I had the most interesting exchange with a dear friend yesterday, one that gave me real "Hope" for the future of our Country. Now as I've said before many of my friends have little or no interest in 'Politics' or what they call "The News", this person falls squarely in that category. Because she is such a Good Friend, however she expresses interest in the things that I'm involved in, such as the Tea Party. Since she had been out of the country during the big Protest, she wanted to know how it went. As I bubbled with enthusiasm, spilling out the details, on my pride in my country, about the success and joy of seeing around 5000 of my fellow citizens, standing out in the Rain and holding signs, she started looking more and more perplexed...

First she asked, Now what exactly were you protesting again...and I explained that We were protesting our Government's wasteful spending, high taxation and Demanding that they return to Fiscal Responsibility. Upon hearing this, she began nodding but continued to look inquisitive. Finally, she asked with just a hint of trepidation, "You're a Republican, aren't you?" I could tell my answer was being anticipated, so I responded: "Yep, The Conservative kind." God bless her, she respects our friendship enough to try and mask her shock, it was clear that even through her limited access to political speak, my dear friend has been taught that "Conservative" is a dirty word.

Her follow up question, rendered the consequent exchange, which put a fine point on the problem we Conservatives face:

Her: Really, You are a Conservative?

Me: Yes I consider myself to be very Politically Conservative

Her: (Looking confused) I kinda picture Conservatives as

Me: Amish?

Her: Um, Yes.

So there you have it, in the mind of the average American, Conservatives are equivalent to those that choose to live without electricity, cars, and store bought clothing.

Now a little background, this wonderful woman and I have been friends for nearly 10 years. We've worked together, had countless lunches and personal conversations, yet I think she was truly Shocked to find out that She had a Real Live Conservative friend in her midst all this time, and never realized it. Why? Because I'm fooling everyone by having cable, Internet, driving my car to and fro and wearing skirts that are above the knee!! My addiction to both American Idol and Gossip Girl, has worked as a fantastic cover for my secret life!!

I took the opportunity to very briefly mention that my Conservatism was based in a belief in limited government, with a focus on individual rights. That my involvement with the Tea Party was a result of my disdain at our Government's wasteful spending and lack of connection with The People. I also told her that while pretty much all of the 'Religious Right' was Conservative, that not all 'Conservatives' are Religious. Having said that the two can exist in harmony inside the Republican party because, true Conservatism respects the Rights of all individuals to worship however they see fit.

She mused as she nodded, "yes, limited government is good, no one wants total government control...' and on the Religious comment"uh-huh that makes sense" She then looked right at me and said, "You know I don't follow this, but What is the big deal with Gay Marriage? Can't they just go to a Lawyer?" This cracked me up, one because She never I mean never brings up political topics, and two because I had just written my first Gay Marriage post ever, the day before, in which I suggest that "All the 'issues' brought up by Gay Marriage advocates, can be solved with a quick trip to a Lawyers office.."

At that very moment we began our Very First 'political' discussion about Gay Marriage of all things, where we realized we were both on the same side. Some that probably honestly surprised us both equally....

Interestingly enough, over at, I came across a link to an article by Matt Allen over at, called The Case for Cosmopolitan Conservatism. In it the the Author successfully makes the argument that Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and others were effective, while remaining Conservative, because they knew how to relate to all people thus making them, "Cosmopolitan Conservatives", not to be confused with Cocktail Party Republicans, which are another breed entirely.

Lewis credits this "Cosmopolitanism" as the secret to their Success and Popularity:

It's also interesting to note that politics was a second career for both Kemp and Reagan. They had both enjoyed successful, high-profile, careers before getting involved in the business of politics. This exposed them to people of different races, income levels, backgrounds, etc. Both were also involved with unions -- in the case of Reagan it was as head of the screen actor's guild and in the case of Kemp it was the AFL Players Association.

If you stop to think about it, some of the conservative movement's most effective advocates have been quite cosmopolitan. Charlton Heston, the acclaimed film star who marched with Dr. King and went on to lead the NRA, was a terrific conservative spokesman -- as was William F. Buckley, the enfant terrible of the conservative cause, who, though not a movie star or famous athlete, was a wealthy and erudite conservative who essentially lived like a movie star.

I'm not sure I'm so fond of the term "Cosmopolitan", primarily because that term sounds almost as dated as "Conservative", but the author makes a point. Conservatism is most successful, when Conservatives are able to communicate their message to the masses. I know Shocking Right? Effectively communicate a believable message and people respond to it, Who would have guessed?

The bottom line is that for too long Conservatives have allowed Liberals and their cheerleaders in the Media, to frame our Image in their own terms and definitions. If we are truly going to be successful in resurrecting the Conservative movement, we must take ownership of our Label, and begin reeducating America about what it really means to be a "Conservative".

A man who has yet to disappoint me, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), has written a piece for the Wall Street Journal, that I consider a great start for both Conservatives and the Republican party as a whole:

Moderate and liberal Republicans who think a South Carolina conservative like me has too much influence are right! I don't want to make decisions for them. That's why I'm working to reduce Washington's grip on our lives and devolve power to the states, communities and individuals, so that Northeastern Republicans, Western Republicans, Southern Republicans, and Midwestern Republicans can define their own brands of Republicanism. It's the Democrats who want to impose a rigid, uniform agenda on all Americans. Freedom Republicanism is about choice -- in education, health care, energy and more. It's OK if those choices look different in South Carolina, Maine and California.

I like Senator DeMint's choice of the term Freedom Republicanism, simply because it highlights the real basis of Conservatism and the GOP: Individual Rights, Free Market Principles, Limited Government, all protected by strong National know Freedom. That's what we're really all about isn't it?

Now to be honest I wouldn't anymore refer to myself as a "Freedom Republican" anymore than a "Cosmopolitan Conservative", but I happen to find myself in both camps. Labels can be tricky that way....I personally feel like it's high time we peeled back the labels to find out what is really inside, and I think most Americans would be surprised to find out what category they might find themselves in....

Now back to that conversation with my friend...I don't know if my friend even voted in the last election, but I do know that after our conversation today, she's One person who is going to look at Conservatives and even Republicans differently than she ever would have before, so in my world that is a win. One Down, 60 Million to go.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marriage is a Religous "Rite", Not a Constitutional "Right"

On this National Day of Prayer, I was inspired to write about what I see as the Largest issue facing Americans of all Religions: Legalization of Gay Marriage. The way I see it, Gay Marriage is just the most recent club that the Left has picked up to Bash Christians about the head. I don't think it has anything to do with "Gay Rights" or Discrimination, it's certainly not about "Love" which is why people are supposed to want to get married. All the 'issues' brought up by Gay Marriage advocates, can be solved with a quick trip to a Lawyers office...So What's the real story here?

Allow me to make myself Very Clear on this: I support the Rights of Gay Americans, 100% until of course they infringe on My Rights. If two people are lucky enough to find someone they Love and want to spend time with, Who am I to Judge? Sure Homosexuality is a Sin in all major religions, but so is Drinking, Smoking, and tons of other things that we do every day. Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin, remember?

In order to stave off the many comments I'm sure to receive about my classification of Homosexuality as a Sin, From the Big Three:

The Bible:
Leviticus 18:22 - "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."

The Qu'ran: Sura 7:80-84: "And Lot, when he said to his people, 'Do ye approach an abomination which no one in all the world ever anticipated you in? Verily, ye approach men with lust rather than women- nay, ye are a people who exceed.'

The Torah: "You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; it is abhorrent" (Leviticus 18:22).

Now let's move on, Shall we? I will refer to one of my favorite passages in the Bible on this one: Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" and let me follow with another favorite: "Judge not lest Ye be Judged" (Matthew 7:1) . So as for the matter of "Gayness", I'm not Judging. To quote Andrew Breitbart, "I’m - as the MTV generation says - “gay-friendly.”

In fact until recently I would have considered myself one of the biggest supporters of the gay community. But the Craziness following the Prop 8 vote out in California, and the more recent attacks on Miss California Carrie Prejean, by so called "Gay Activist" groups, has pushed me out of the Christian closet so to speak.

Let me begin by saying, I see Gay Marriage or the uber PC Same-Sex Marriage as a Separation of Church and State issue, because well it is. Marriage is a Religious Rite, not a Constitutional Right. Marriage is a sacrament that is taken very seriously by all Major religions, not just Christianity, as is often suggested. The "Legalization" of Gay marriage will open the flood gates for law suits claiming discrimination against Churches of all Faiths that refuse to 'Marry' same sex partners.

Don't believe me? It already happened in New Jersey in 2007, when a Lesbian couple was denied access, to a privately held Methodist retreat, where they wanted to hold their "civil union" ceremony, they filed discrimination charges against the Church. While I truly believe that most Americans would support "Civil Unions", I don't see how any American could support the Government forcing Churches to sanction "marriages" that completely go against their Faith.

Religion may not be as trendy as it once was, but over 85% of all Americans say they still subscribe to some form of it. Knowing that all major religions condemn Homosexuality as a Sin, Where will these "Same-Sex Marriages" take place? How many Churches will be sued, by gay couples dreaming of that Big Church Wedding? How many Churches will lose their Tax exempt status by refusing to perform these 'ceremonies'?

It only takes one lawsuit to change the fabric of our Nation and our culture...just as Griswold vs. Connecticut was set up to protect the rights of consenting adults to use contraception in 1956, that ruling was twisted and used as the basis of Roe V Wade, the Discrimination Law Suits being wielded by the Gay Community, could set in motion the destruction of Organized religion as we know it. While not all Americans consider themselves "Religious", it is a Constitutionally protected Right to practice the Religion of Our Choice, and Should not be infringed upon by anyone including, Gay Activist Groups.

Watching the endless coverage of Miss California being berated for stating that she believed Marriage was between a man and woman, conjured an interesting segue in my mind...

Everyone remembers the murders at Columbine, the senseless tragedy and the way the Nation watched in horror as the stories of what happened inside that day trickled out. One of the stories that has always stayed with me, was the story of the young girls in the Library. The Vile Gunmen had cornered several students, with their guns pointed they asked 17 year old Cassie Bernall, "Do you Believe in God?" The Young girl answered "Yes I do", and was promptly shot and killed in cold blood. Cassie was not the only young woman asked that Question on That Day. Rachel Scott, 17 was the first to hear those words, "Do You Believe in God?" just before she became the first victim of the Columbine killers, She also answered "Yes".

I often wondered if I would have had that courage. I pray that I would. I don't think President Obama has it. It's being widely reported that Obama is "under increasing pressure to engage in Gay issues", even though he clearly stated while campaigning that He believed Marriage should be between a Man and Woman, now he calls that ideal "Misguided".

Miss California may not have been at the end of a Gun Barrel when her faith was tested but she was on National Television, and she had to know that When Perez Hilton asked that question, her answer could cost her the Crown. She had the courage to answer Honestly, and for that she has my undying respect.

While losing a Beauty pageant is nothing compared to the loss suffered by these young women and their families of Littleton, Colorado, it did get me thinking. What makes those that are attacking Miss California any different from the Columbine Killers? From where I stand they just haven't picked up a Gun..... yet. They seem to share a belief system that allows them to Openly criticize, then name themselves, Judge and Jury to decide the Fate of those that disagree with them.

In my Opinion the "Gay Marriage" issue isn't about Marriage at all, it's barely about Gays, its about creating a weapon for the Left to use against Believers of all creeds. The attacks that followed the Prop 8 vote, sent a clear message. These Activists will destroy anyone and anything that disagrees with them. They've got their sites set on the Church, and it's forcing all Americans to answer the question: "Do You Believe in God?"

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday Funny: History of Liberals and Conservatives

I got this in an e-mail today, and I can't stop giggling every time I think about it, so I had to share it...I have no idea where it originated, but if anyone does, please send me the info so I can properly give credit....Enjoy!

History 101 (Crash course)

For those that don't know about history ... Here is a condensed version:

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters -gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals

2. Conservatives

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood, and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history:

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to tick them off.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self

What does it say about me, when I post it on my blog? ;-) Have a Great Weekend!!